Laura Smith

The best thing about Medifast is that I haven't felt deprived!

My name is Laura and I went to see a movie today. That may not seem like a big deal to the average person, but it was a big deal to me. In the past, whenever I went to a movie, a restaurant, or on an airplane, there was this constant fear that I would not fit in the seat. If I did bring myself to go to a movie, my hips would be sore from being squished in the seat. On an airplane, I could sense the dread when someone realized that he had to sit next to me bubbling over in to his space. Today, I went to a movie and slid comfortably in my seat. It felt great!!!!

I have struggled with my weight my entire life. My major obstacle has always been motivation. No matter how much I'd psych myself up for my latest diet attempt, the weight always came off too slowly and I'd get frustrated and find myself raiding the fridge rather than facing the disappointment of the scale. With Medifast, I started seeing significant results from week one! That was enough to keep me going another week, and another, and another, as I watched the pounds and the inches slip away. Soon I found myself actually looking forward to "weigh day" and that was enough to keep me from straying from the plan.

Since starting Medifast I have lost 111 pounds. I feel great! I went from a size 22 to a size 4. I feel fantastic, both physically and mentally. Besides the normal back, joint and ankle pain that comes from being overweight so long, I was starting to develop other serious health problems as well. The food that I was eating was providing me with no nutrition - it was all junk. Since starting Medifast, my energy has increased. I am healthier now than I have been in years.

Before I discovered Medifast, I'd tried countless diets, went to nutritionists, I even attended a gastric bypass seminar and was in the process of working with my insurance company and doctors to get the procedure done. Then I found Medifast. The program was different, offered success stories, and a plan I thought just might work for me. It did, and I'm so glad.

The best thing about Medifast is that I haven't felt deprived! Every few hours I get to have something to nourish my body. Every Sunday, I put 5 packets in plastic bags for each day of the week. Each day I pick a bag and that is what I have for the day. I don't have to make any choices. I don't have to count calories, and I don't have to tally points. It is so simple!

My life has totally changed. Before, I wouldn't go out of the house unless I had to. When I would get dressed, I wore clothes that would hide as much of me as possible. I would hunch over and try to be invisible. This wasn't too difficult; people don't like looking at fat people. Now, I have begun looking in the mirror, although I am still a bit uncomfortable with the new me. I am able to wear more flattering clothing. I put makeup on. There are so many things that I have missed out on because of the shame of my weight. Now, I even suggest going out - which shocks my family! I feel like I have a new chance at life. I feel like the real me is emerging. I have hopes and dreams and actually plan for the future, rather than just obsessing about what I am going to have to eat next.

Soon I will be getting ready to move in to the maintenance phase of the program. This is scary but also very exciting. I have spent the last couple of months investigating healthy food options. With the help of the Medifast web site, I have created a plan to add regular food to my diet but will continue to use Medifast as a meal replacement for at least one meal a day. I also know that I have Medifast to fall back on for the rest of my life. If I find that my weight is increasing, I will always have enough Medifast to jump back on the program and get back in line. I also plan to keep visiting the Medifast web site for the message board, support materials and just plain inspiration.

I am turning 40 this year. I am ready for the new phase of my life to begin!!!!

Thank you SO much Medifast!!!!

*Results vary. Typical weight loss on the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan® is 2-5 lbs per week for the first 2 weeks and 1-2 lbs per week thereafter.